Builsa Assembly Urges Highways to Endorse Contract Abrogation
2006-09-22 19:49:33This article has been read 735 times.THE REACTION of the just dissolved House of the Builsa District Assembly, upon hearing the directive to abrogate the contract of a five-kilometer road, being a portion of the 14-kilometre stretch of the Sandema-Chuchuliga road, was an indication of a long expected victory apparently won over the contractor, Messrs Bozo Limited.
Making the disclosure at the meeting of the Fourth Ordinary Session to dissolve the Assembly, the District Chief Executive (DCE), Mr. Thomas Kofi Alonsi said following the Assembly's displeasure expressed in many forms about the slow pace of work on the road, the Upper East Regional Tender Board and the Coordinating Council had directed the Ghana Highways Authority (GHA) to terminate the contract by today, September 21, 2006.
The DCE therefore urged the GHA to, as a matter of importance, honour the directive and terminate the contract for it to be re-awarded to a more competent contractor.
Barely eight months ago, the Assembly called on the then Ministry of Roads and Transport, Upper East Regional Tender Board and the Coordinating Council to terminate the five-kilometre road contract awarded to Messrs Bozo Limited for not only performing dismally, but also abandoning the work.
The five-kilometre portion of the 14-kilometre stretch of Sandema-Chuchuliga road was awarded to Messrs Bozo Limited for upgrading, since October 15, 2003 to be completed by June 15, 2004 at a contract value of Three Billion, Ninety-Eight Million, Two Hundred and Eighty Six Thousand, Nine Hundred and Ten Cedis On the performance of the dissolved Assembly, Mr. Alonsi said the great contribution by Members of the Assembly to the development of the District in particular and the nation as a whole, could hardly be overemphasized.
He noted that it was through their effective and tremendous contribution at the assembly meetings and others within and without that the district had been able to spread development projects and programmes.
"Indeed I owe every member of this August House a great debt of gratitude that I will never be able to repay for the support that you put at my disposal individually and collectively, since I was sworn in as the District Chief Executive of our beloved District", Mr. Alonsi said.
The DCE appealed to them to always put their knowledge and rich experience at the service of the Assembly, whether they returned to the Assembly or not.
Dissolving the House, the Presiding Member (PM), Mr. Joseph Akanpatulsi paid a glowing tribute to the Members for their hard work, indicating that the success chalked by the Assembly in the past four years had been due mainly to their hard work and contribution.
He mentioned in particular, the National Health Insurance Scheme, which he said had achieved some significant results, adding that the Assembly also made remarkable strides in the provision of educational infrastructure.
On revenue mobilization, the PM said the Assembly made remarkable progress but more was yet to be done and called for the formation of an Economic Task Force to supplement the work of the Finance and Administrative sub-committee of the Assembly.
He disclosed that 11 Members would be returned unopposed and this he said demonstrated clearly the confidence and trust that the communities had in the Members.